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Junior high singers win seats in all-region choir

      Following an intense competition, 72 Pearland Independent School District students from all four Pearland junior high schools won places in all-region choir during the Texas Music Educators Association Region 19 auditions on Oct. 18-19. In its most successful year yet, Pearland ISD secured the highest number of students from one district in the JH Region Choir.

      “I am absolutely thrilled at the quality of our JH choirs,” Tom Bell, Pearland ISD Director of Fine Arts, said. “They have improved tremendously over the past 5 years. It starts with great instruction from very talented and dedicated directors and ends with hard-working students pushing themselves to become a little better every day.”

      The four Pearland ISD junior high choirs have much to be proud when it comes to their very talented and dedicated students.

      “All of the students in the region receive the same pieces of music at the beginning of the school year. Each choir director has their own unique method of teaching the music but common practices are to work on the music in class, perform the music at their fall concert, work on it with their private lesson teacher, after school sectionals, etc. But mostly, the students have to spend time on their own developing the vocal skills needed to perform the pieces,” Bell said.

      Participating in the auditions not only allows singers to qualify for the all-region choir but also empowers them with life-long skills.

      “Since this is an individual activity, all students become better musicians by going through the process, regardless if they make it or not. Beyond that, they learn how to work on a long-term project that concludes with them performing, by themselves, in front of their peers and judges. Time management and organizational skills, perseverance and grit are also developed by going through the region audition process,” Bell said.

      Pearland junior high students who won spots in the all-region choir include:

      Berry Miller Junior High: Sarah Abraham, Grace Brown, Lynnette Buck, Carissa Campos, Camden Howell, Cameron Marshall, Avery McMickle, Gwenivere Moodie, Madeline Newell, Sophia Nguyen, Jessica Reed, Cole Ripple, Hailey Sauls, Anna Spiecker and Audrey O’Day.

      Pearland Junior High East: Jenaya Alkire, Ethan Arachchigedon, Aidan Cedillo, Thomas Dahlkamp, Nicole Dominguez, Alea Isom, Aidan Kowis, Leeah LaPoint, Stephanie LeBlanc, Jasmine Moncus, Sam Pinkston, Makayla Rankin, Kavion Rogers, Morgan Rushing, Alex Schmidt, Shyla Scott and Tyler White.

      Pearland Junior High South: Ian Fletcher, Fiona Kingston, Alexys Merchant, Kaylie O’Connell, Cristian Salinas and Lizett Sillas.

      Pearland Junior High West: Krishan Ahearn, Diya Babu, Olivia Bursnall, Geneva Cline, Kyle Daquioag, Amy Decker, Laazia Ellankil, Amarachi Ezirike, Juliana Garcia, Sydney Gibson, Melony Goodale, Joseph Guzman, Amelia Hill, Abigail Howse, Sean Hughes, Faithe Hunt, Daniel Jacob, Konner Kauniste, Leah Labello, Pilar Lopez, Kendall McHenry, Alexander Milton, Olivia Moeller, Lucia Murphy, Thieny Nguyen, Tomiwa Oyewole, Raina Qiu, Maryjoelle Del Rosario, Hannah Sang, Saba Scott, Elena Thompson, Elexena Tristan, Nova Wallace and Ocean Wallace.